My rose of sharon has a chunk bitten out of her. It looks like maybe a deer tried to take a bite out of it doing the winter. The bite is under the main branches. Thanks.
As long as the bark is not girdled (removed all the way around the trunk), the best thing you can do is clean the wound out with water and then wrap the area loosely with tree paper for the winter. Do not paint the wound or fill it in as this can trap disease against the open wound and cause serious damage.
It was likely deer that did this, so I would also recommend that you take some action to protect this plant and surrounding plants. Deer tend to feed on a path, so will often return to areas they had fed before. This time of year (due to over population) they are starving and will eat ANYTHING (bark, branches, anything that is plant and can be chewed). Wrap the trunk in chicken wire to prevent further damage and take similar steps with surrounding plants.
I started a rose of sharon last year. I need to know what to do for it. Trim it back, etc.
We planted three rose of sharon bushes/trees last fall. They did have some leaves and a few blooms on them. We had an extremely dry winter. We did water a bit. It is now past the middle of May, and we still don't have any buds on them. We don't think they are dead, as they are still limber. When should we be seeing leaves budding?
The should be budding by now, but it has been rather cold in many parts of the country and this could be delaying them. This article will help you determine if they are dead:
Rose of Sharon is the very last thing to come out of dormancy. Be patient, they're coming. The flowers will show up at the end of July and continue through August.
Prune if you're going to in late winter at the latest although taking off any dead wood can be done anytime. Cut just above a leaf node, like a rose bush. The more you prune, the lusher they become, but the lusher they become, the smaller the flowers.
Prepare yourself for weeding! RofS broadcasts seeds and lots of them. Also, the fallen flower heads should be removed daily as they turn rather slimy and disgusting if they get wet, they'll also stain your deck.
We have trees around us that have branches with no leaves. The leaves on other branches are wilting and falling off. We have had a lot of rain. It is now hot and muggy out. We have two bushes of rose of sharon. One is doing well and the other one close to the bad tree is small and not doing well. What could be wrong?
If the trees are not growing leaves, they definitely are sick. What it might be are many different things. I would recommend taking pictures of the problem plants and then taking these to your local extension service. They can help you identify the issue and correct it.
I have a rose of sharon hibiscus which is growing without form. Tell me how to remedy this problem and the proper way to prune. Thanks. . . . Fae Bierig
Rose of sharon is a type of hardy hibiscus.
I live in Wisconsin and have a Rose of Sharon bush. I would like guidance with fertilizing this 8 ft. bush. Due to half of the multi-stemmed bush dying, I have trimmed it to half its width or about 4 ft.
Your Rose of Sharon only needs a dose of all purpose fertilizer once a year. These hardy shrubs can easily be revived with hard pruning - almost to the ground if necessary. With annual pruning, flower production will increase.
When is the right time to prune a Rose of Sharon standard?
You can usually prune them back after they have finished their flush of blooms.